Food Carts, Any Recommendations?
Does anyone have a favorite food cart in Portland? Aside from Pok Pok—which is fabulous.
I like the NEW Taste of India on 5th between Stark and Oak. Not the REAL Taste of India that's on the same strip. Also Indian is the Chaat House on SW 12th and Yamhill which is all vegetarian.
ExtraMSG will probably chime in and direct you to the Food Cart Directory on PortlandFood.org.
No Fish Go Fish on SW 5th/Yamhill. Japanese style fish-shaped grilled cornmeal with fillings that are not Japanese.
New Taste of India on 4th near PSU campus totally rocks. I also like Basha's, right in the middle of the PSU campus for excellent middle eastern food. And I know it's been cited many times before, but the taco cart at Denver and Killingsworth serves tacos on homemade tortillas - mmmmmmm!
I primarily go to taco trucks. My favorites are mostly in the outlying areas, like 82nd and beyond or Beaverton and beyond. However, there's one at Denver & Killingsworth that's very good, 3 Hermanos. Love their birria de chivo. There's another at Division and 30th that's almost as good by the same family. There's a newish one at 50th and Division that specializes in carne asada and does the best version I've had in town. For Indian carts, I really like India Chaat House. I haven't tried New Taste of India.
You should check out Mmm-yoso's reports on Portland. If you scroll down there's a bunch on carts:
Also, there's a great map done by Dyepot, Teapot blog:
And on PortlandFood.org, there's a taco cart directory thread:
I like the Bosnian cart on 9th and Alder, Ziba's Pita. It's not pita as I know it, but a thin, almost crepe like flat bread swirled around tasty fillings, I like the cheese or the spinach and I always get it as a plate because I like eating it with the ajvar.
The Czech cart on 5th and Stark is also good, Tábor Authentic Czech Eatery. I like the schnitzelwich on a ciabatta roll from Grand Central with horseradish and ajvar (again!) and the chicken paprikash and goulash. The last time I was there, on my jury duty lunch break, a Czech guy was going crazy, first he ate some paprikash, then some schnitzel. I find the sandwich is better when you share it, more then a half is too rich for me, but get the pork, the chicken is too dry.
Does Nuvrei count as a cart?
Lastly, I like the taco cart on Powell and 32nd, Torres de Morelos. They don't use home made tortillas like Lindo Michoacano, but I like the preparation of the fillings better at Torres de Morelos and their salsas can be crazy good, especially when he busts out some regional family specialties. Tuesdays there is usually a plato special that may not be advertised.
New Taste of India on 4th at PSU does indeed rock, and they just got a nice review in the A&E this Friday. Thus, it could get even more crowded than it already is. If so, the mexican cart on the same block is very friendly, and makes real nice mexican food. I'm partial to the chili relleno burritos, but I've seen some great stuff made there while I've waited.